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Volume 884: debated on Tuesday 21 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the total number of additional immigrants, from all sources, expected to enter the United Kingdom during 1975 as a result of the concessions announced by the Government in 1974 to allow the admission of new categories of immigrants, including husbands and fianc├ęs of women who are already settled in the country, and applicants under the amnesty arrangements for illegal immigrants.

It has never been the practice to publish estimates of future immigration since any estimate may well be falsified by subsequent changes in a wide variety of factors. Statistics of spouses admitted for settlement will be published quarterly, and those relating to illegal entrants seeking to benefit under the terms of my announcement of 11th April 1974 are already so published.